CORRECTED-Malaysia PM confirms step-grandmother aboard doomed Flight MH17

Sat Jul 19, 2014 6:38am EDT

(Corrects number of people on board MH17)

KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Saturday confirmed that his step-grandmother was on board Flight MH17 that was downed over Ukraine en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Siti Amirah, 83, was one of 44 Malaysians on board the Malaysia Airlines flight that was downed on Thursday killing all 298 people on board.

"I personally share the grief of the families on board #MH17," Najib said in a Tweet. "My step-grandmother was one of the passengers."

Family spokesman Faridah Abdullah told the Star newspaper Siti "was a very, very nice lady". (Reporting by Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Sophie Hares)